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When the founders of the German sports shoe business 'Dassler Brothers' went the
ir separate ways in 1949, no one would have guessed that they would start two of
the biggest global brands of the century.
Rudolph founded Puma, while Adolph started Adidas -- a combination of his nickna
me, Adi, and the start of his last name. The famous three stripes were introduce
d to the shoes in 1949.
Bata was established on August 24, 1894 in Zlin, Czechoslovakia by Tomas Bata. T
he company first established itself in India in 1931 and commenced manufacturing
shoes in Batanagar in 1936.
The Batanagar factory is the first Indian shoe manufacturing unit to receive the
ISO 9001 certification in 1993.
In 1931, Ferdinand Porsche founded the Porsche Engineering Office in Stuttgart.
Porsche's production operations are housed in a collection of established buildi
ngs on a mixed industrial estate in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
The Carrera GT and the Cayenne models are produced at the Porsche factory in Lei
pzig. In 1944, the engineering arm was moved from Stuttgart.
Bill Bowerman, the legendary University of Oregon track & field coach, and Phil
Knight, a University of Oregon business student and middle-distance runner under
Bowerman, founded Nike. Nike, when it came into being in 1962, was known as Blu
e Ribbon Sports. Its first-year sales totaled $8,000. In 1972, BRS changed its n
ame to Nike, named for the Greek winged goddess of victory.
In the 1890s, Joseph William Foster made some of the first known running shoes w
ith spikes in them. By 1895, he was in business making shoes by hand for top run
ners; and before long his fledgling company, J.W. Foster and Sons, developed an
international clientele of distinguished athletes. The family-owned business mad
e the running shoes worn in the 1924 Summer Games by the athletes celebrated in
the film Chariots of Fire. In 1958, two of the founder's grandsons started a co
mpanion company that came to be known as Reebok, named after an African gazelle.

sun microsystems
The correct answer is Stanford University Network.
In 1981, Bavarian-born Andreas Bechtolsheim was licensing rights to a computer h
e designed. Named Sun for Stanford University Network and using off-the-shelf pa
rts, it was an affordable workstation for engineers and scientists. In that year
, he met Vinod Khosla, who convinced him to form a company and expand. Khosla, B
echtolsheim and Scott McNeally, all Stanford MBAs, founded Sun in 1982.
HMV dog
Nipper the dog was born in Bristol in Gloucester, England in 1884 and was so nam
ed because of his tendency to nip at visitors' legs. When his first master Mark
Barraud died in Bristol in 1887, Nipper was taken to Liverpool in Lancashire, En
gland by Mark's younger brother Francis, a painter. In Liverpool Nipper discover
ed the Phonograph, a cylinder recording and playing machine and Francis Barraud
'often noticed how puzzled he was to make out where the voice came from.' Three
years after Nipper died Francis committed that memory to canvas.
General Motors Corp the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs about 325,
000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales le
ader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its v
ehicles are sold in 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and
trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GM's global headquarters
are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. The GM Group of global partners inc
ludes Fiat Auto SpA of Italy, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Isuzu Motors Ltd. and
Suzuki Motor Corp. of Japan, which are involved in various product, powertrain a
nd purchasing collaborations. In addition, GM is the largest shareholder in GM D
aewoo Auto & Technology Co. of South Korea. GM also has technology collaboration
s with BMW AG of Germany.
TCS was founded in 1968 as an internal arm of the Tata conglomerate. The company
-- which has locations in 32 countries -- employed some 30,000 workers at the
end of 2003. Fakir Chand Kohli, former deputy chairman of Tata Consultancy Servi
ces, is universally regarded as the father of the Indian software industry. He h
as been instrumental in scripting the success story of company. Kohli has been a
warded the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian honours, for his contr
ibution to the Indian software industry. Kohli currently serves on the TCS' exec
utive committee.
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc has been known for generations as the maker of the best writing instr
uments the world has known. The German company, over the last couple of years, h
as expanded its range to include writing accessories, luxury leather goods and b
elts, jewellery items and even eye wear and watches.
In India, the company is represented by Entrack, owned by former Test cricketer
Dilip Doshi. Entrack is the sole distributor of Mont Blanc pens and has exclusiv
e outlets in top five cities in India.
The correct answer is Simplo FillerPen Company.
The company was originally called Simplo FillerPen Company. The company expanded
its presence to Paris, London, and Barcelona three years after it was founded a
nd was present in most of the fashionable capitals of Europe.
In 1934, the company's name was changed to Mont Blanc Simplo GmbH, after the tal
lest peak in Europe.
Three Germans founded the company in 1906 -- Hamburg-based stationer Claus-Johan
nes Voss, Hamburg banker Christian Lausen and a Berlin engineer Wilhelm Dziambor
. The company's international headquarter is in Hamburg.
The story of Duracell begins in the early 1920's with an inventive scientist nam
ed Samuel Ruben and an eager manufacturer of tungsten filament wire named Philip
Rogers Mallory. Duracell is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of hi
gh-performance alkaline batteries. Duracell also markets primary lithium and zin
c air batteries as well as rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries.
air deccan
Bangalore-based Air Deccan has struck a deal with R K Laxman, India's most famou
s cartoonist, to use his legendary 'Common Man' character as the airline's masco
t. The mascot exemplifies the fact that air fares are so low now that air travel
is no longer the privilege of the elite few but is very much within the reach o
f the 'common people'